CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TIMELINE

Dave McGuire figures Oregonians should be able to decide for themselves whether to sit down in a restaurant and have a meal. Read more

Kerry McQuisten is Baker City’s new mayor. Read more

Walking into the Baker High School gymnasium on the fourth day of 2021, Buell Gonzales Jr. heard something he hadn’t heard in months. Read more

Baker County’s respite from Oregon’s most extreme COVID-19 restrictions will last just two weeks. Read more

The number of Baker County residents who have received their first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has nearly doubled over the past week. Read more

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Baker County will return to the extreme-risk level for COVID-19 spread, and the resulting stringent restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, starting Friday, Jan. 15. Read more

Mark Bennett references a roller coaster, while Tyler Brown’s favored metaphor is the yo-yo, but both are concerned about fluctuating restrictions in Baker County due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting effects on local businesses. Read more

The Baker School District is gearing up to extend in-person instruction for all middle school and high school students to two days per week next semester. Read more

Volunteers draped in medical garments were prepped and ready to go at noon Wednesday outside Baker High School as residents lined up in their vehicles to get a free COVID-19 test. Read more

Ashley McClay says she’s learned a lot about the COVID-19 vaccines being administered to frontline workers in Baker County, and she’s confident that receiving the shot was the best choice for her. Read more

Baker County’s recent rate of positive COVID-19 tests could move the county back into the extreme-risk category after the current two-week stint at the high-risk level with its less stringent restrictions on restaurants and other businesses. Read more

Baker County ranks near the middle of Oregon’s 36 counties in its rate of administering COVID-19 vaccines. Read more

Baker County is hosting a free COVID-19 testing clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the rear parking lot at Baker High School, 2500 E St. Read more

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After working for several months treating people who are recovering from bouts with COVID-19, Lori Brock now uses a telephone to fight the virus. Read more

Students at Baker Middle School and Baker High School could return to in-person classes for two days per week, instead of the current one, later this month. Read more

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Baker County will drop from the extreme to the high risk category for COVID-19 spread starting Friday, Jan. 1, which means restaurants can have limited indoor dining, and fitness centers, theaters and museums can open, also with occupancy limits, for the first time in almost a month. Read more

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After reviewing records showing how severely the pandemic has affected dozens of Baker County businesses, Bruce Nichols understands that nearly $700,000 in federal aid is no panacea. Read more

Public health officials from six rural counties, including Baker, have sent a letter to the Oregon Health Authority asking state officials to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the counties and give local health officials authority to decide whether more stringent limits are needed to combat the virus. Read more

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Baker County Commisssioner Mark Bennett said that due to a mistake in tallying COVID-19 cases, the county will not stay in the extreme risk category through Jan. 14, but will instead drop to the high risk category starting on Friday, Jan. 1. Read more

Public health officials from six rural counties, including Baker, have sent a letter to the Oregon Health Authority asking state officials to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the counties and give local health officials authority to decide whether more stringent limits are needed to combat the virus. Read more

The Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City has had 18 inmates test positive for COVID-19. Read more

Dave McGuire doesn’t want a government handout. Read more

Friday, Dec. 18 was a landmark day in the COVID-19 pandemic at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. Read more

Doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be soon be available for residents and staff at nursing homes across Oregon. Read more

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Mandy Peterson’s temporary new job can be emotionally taxing at times, but it’s also rewarding. Read more

Baker County’s number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped slightly over the past two weeks. Read more

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Baker City’s first state-sponsored COVID-19 testing event didn’t officially start until 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, but 10 minutes before the hour, half a dozen cars were already waiting. Read more

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Baker School District students will continue to attend in-person classes under the current schedule when they return to school after the Christmas break on Jan. 4. Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today that Baker County will remain in the extreme risk category for the spread of COVID-19, meaning the county will be subject to the most stringent state restrictions through at least New Year’s Eve. Read more

This time of year, Jana and Del Woodcock usually look forward to a bit of a break as business slows down. Read more

Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett said he knew COVID-19 was a dangerous virus even before it entered his own household. Read more

The Baker School District has announced that a Baker Middle School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Doses of the nation’s first approved vaccine for COVID-19 were scheduled to arrive today at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, and some of those will be given to employees at Saint Alphonsus in Baker City by Friday. Read more

If you live in Baker County and have tested positive for COVID-19, or spent much time close to someone who contracted the virus, there’s a good chance you’ve talked to LeAnne Bourne. Read more

Baker County’s two smallest school districts, Huntington and Burnt River, have for the most part kept their classrooms open to students during the pandemic. Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority has scheduled a free COVID-19 testing clinic for Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Baker City. Read more

High school sports in Oregon will be delayed even longer than previously planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Baker City emergency services have been stretched thin recently after workers were exposed to COVID-19, and even contracted the virus themselves in some cases. Read more

Baker County made history on Thursday. Read more

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Baker County will face Oregon’s most stringent COVID-19 restrictions for at least the next two weeks. Read more

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A fourth Baker County resident has died after testing positive for COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday. Read more

This year’s 4-H Christmas Bazaar in Baker City has moved to a virtual format due to current restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Baker City’s annual Twilight Christmas Parade probably won’t happen, the latest in a series of events canceled due to restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Baker County restaurants and bars could be confined to takeout service and limited outdoor dining, and gyms and fitness centers could remain closed through at least the middle of December based on new COVID-19 restrictions that Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday, Nov. 25. Read more

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With COVID-19 infection rates rising rapidly in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday that at least 21 counties will stay in a modified version of the two-week "freeze" through most of December. Read more

Baker City restaurants are struggling through the two-week statewide “freeze” that prohibits in-person dining and limits them to offering takeout meals through Dec. 2. Read more

Karl Wittich will serve roasted turkey as usual this Thanksgiving, but he’ll miss the part of the holiday that he considers as nourishing, in its way, as anything on the menu. Read more

Baker County officials are preparing to accept applications from local businesses that have struggled due to COVID-19 restrictions and could be eligible for some of the $641,000 in federal aid the county will soon receive. Read more

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Baker School District officials believe it’s no coincidence that COVID-19 is not spreading among students in classrooms. Read more

North Powder Charter School Superintendent Lance Dixon canceled classes Monday to accommodate contact tracing after one of his high school students tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

The Nov. 18 to Dec. 2 statewide “freeze” designed to slow the recent surge in COVID-19 cases stopped high school sports practices before they had a chance to get started. Read more

After a hiatus of more than nine months, organized high school sports in Oregon are set to resume Dec. 28 with a season for traditional winter sports. Read more

Baker City churches are using livestreaming sermons and taking other steps to comply with restrictions in place during the statewide two-week “freeze” that continues through Dec. 2 with a goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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Elected leaders from Eastern Oregon counties, including Baker, who signed a letter asking Gov. Kate Brown for changes to her approach to COVID-19 shutdowns say the letter was not in direct response to the current two-week “freeze,” but was crafted over several weeks as an outline of what the… Read more

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Baker City Police Chief Ray Duman and Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash said their officers won’t be looking for potential violations of the limits on the size of social gatherings in effect during the statewide “freeze” that started Wednesday, Nov. 18, and continues through at least Dec. 2. Read more

Baker County will receive more than $500,000 to distribute to businesses affected by COVID-19-related closures and restrictions, and restaurants and other hospitality businesses will be the highest priority for the money. Read more

Baker City Police Chief Ray Duman announced Tuesday the cancellation of this year’s Shop With a Hero event. Read more

Baker City’s 13th-annual Turkey Trot fundraiser will happen on Thanksgiving Day, but like so much else this year the event will be different. Read more

Baker County’s recent increase in the rate of COVID-19 infections continues, and with Thanksgiving barely a week away, Nancy Staten is hoping residents will heed advice about how to protect themselves, their family and friends from contracting the virus. Read more

The halls of Baker High School and Baker Middle School were abuzz this week, albeit at reduced volumes from past years. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced a 2-week statewide “freeze” starting Nov. 18 that is designed to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more

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Tyler Brown had to cut his restaurant’s capacity significantly this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Monday he learned he had a day and half to get ready to slash even more of his potential revenue. Read more

Baker County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the second-highest one-day total since the pandemic started in March. Read more

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Baker County restaurants will have to limit their capacity to 50 people, including customers and staff, from Nov. 11-25 under a 2-week “pause” that Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday as part of her strategy to reduce the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more

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Two more Baker elementary school children — a third-grader at Brooklyn Primary and a sixth-grader at South Baker Intermediate — have tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Mark Witty announced on Thursday. Read more

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Baker County is one of five counties “on the cusp” of meeting metrics that would lead to a 2-week “pause” designed to slow the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases. Read more

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Two Baker City elementary school students, one at Brooklyn Primary and one at South Baker Intermediate, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Baker School District announced Thursday afternoon. Read more

In a change announced Tuesday, all Baker High School students will be joining seventh- and eighth-graders in a return to in-person classes one day each week beginning Monday. Read more

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The increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Baker County over the past 12 days has also boosted the workload for contact tracers from the county’s health department. Read more

Baker County didn’t record any new cases of COVID-19 Saturday or Sunday, but eight new cases were reported on Monday. Read more

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Baker County this week had its biggest surge in new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started, and Nancy Staten is frustrated. Read more

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Baker County set a one-day record high with 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read more

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Two students at Haines Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

As the end of the first quarter of classes approaches, Baker School District students are continuing to adjust to changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

An 83-year-old man who died Oct. 18 is the third Baker County resident whose death was related to COVID-19, and the first since August, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Baker County Health Department announced Thursday. Read more

The traditional fall high school sports started their 5-week “mini-session” at Baker High School on Oct. 12, preparing for what they hope is a return to regular competition in 2021. Read more

A review of the first 2 days of in-person classes for Baker School District elementary students brought celebratory exclamations from School Board members, administrators and teachers Thursday night. Read more

Baker County’s COVID-19 rollercoaster continued this week. Read more

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Leelah Wallace was so excited about her first day of first grade Wednesday — the real first day — that she could hardly bear to sit beside her mother, Erica, on a bench just outside Brooklyn Primary School. Read more

Baker elementary school students will return to in-person classes Wednesday. Read more

An increase this week in new COVID-19 cases in Baker County could jeopardize the Baker School District’s plan to return elementary students to in-person classes on Oct. 14. Read more

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Perhaps the most stressful waiting period for people in 2020 can be quite a bit shorter for some Baker County residents. Read more

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Baker County’s rate of new cases of COVID-19 has increased the past 2 weeks, but the county continues to avoid outbreaks or clusters of cases linked to a single place or event. Read more

Parents tuning in Wednesday night for a Zoom livestream meeting to learn more about when their children might return to in-person elementary school classes this month learned that it will be at least 2 days later than earlier announced. Read more

Baker County reported one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, following three new cases on Tuesday, the highest one-day total since Sept. 6, when there were eight. Read more

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Parents of Baker School District students will have a chance to ask Superintendent Mark Witty during a Zoom meeting Wednesday evening about plans to possibly resume in-person classes for younger students on Oct. 12. Read more

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Baker County’s only outbreak of COVID-19, at Meadowbrook Place assisted living community in Baker City, has ended, according to a statement from the facility where 27 cases were reported during the summer. Read more

If Baker County residents can continue to avoid the coronavirus for the next couple of weeks, younger Baker School District students might be able to return to their classrooms by Oct. 12. Read more

More than $126,000 is on its way to Baker County to support arts and cultural organizations. Read more

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The Baker County Board of Commissioners will discuss a mountain road blocked recently by a locked gate when they meet Wednesday morning, Sept. 30. Read more

Tom McLay uses the word “lucky” a couple of times but McLay, superintendent at the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City, gives a lot more credit to conscientious people than to good fortune for keeping COVID-19 out of the minimum-security prison. Read more

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Jamie Agard hates to drive past Brooklyn Primary School because she hates to hear her son weeping. Read more

With two weeks of online classes finished in the Baker School District, families and school staff continue to face the challenges of fine-tuning the system. Read more

The Eltrym Theatre marquee hasn’t lit up for months, but that all changed on Friday, Sept. 18. Read more

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Baker County’s rate of new cases of coronavirus continues to drop. Read more

Although in-person activities aren’t happening at the Baker County Library, the staff is putting together special kits and online events for youth. Read more

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Baker County is having its quietest week on the COVID-19 front in more than two months. Read more

Baker City’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Committee met for the second time Wednesday and disbursed $72,765 to four applicants from the city’s share of federal pandemic aid. Read more

The Baker School District’s technology department, which has been doubled in size for the first month of school, still was kept on the run troubleshooting and helping families and teachers get equipment set up and fine-tuning systems throughout the day Tuesday as online classes began. Read more

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Gissel Loza’s dining room table turned into a classroom Tuesday morning. Read more

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